As the new recruits begin to show their undoubted talent at Manchester City, the club is slowly but surely rooting out, and removing, all the players who are considered expendable.
Despite being one of City’s players of the year in recent times, Stephen Ireland has been sent to Aston Villa. It is a prime example of the ruthlessness that is becoming part of the Manchester City cleanout, with players who are anything less than world class being shipped out. After all, high ambition requires a high quality of player, particularly if City are to realise the dreams of their owner and shorten for silverware in the football betting.
With Benjani the latest to exit the revolving door at Eastlands, one thing that has been notable in the departure of these players is the limited amount of money that City have managed to recoup from their transfer dealings.
With players such as Benjani signing for relatively hefty fees, their departures for nothing (or in the case of Stephen Ireland, as part of a deal to bring another player to the club), City could fall foul of UEFA’s new financial rules.
Should the club fail to secure better rates for departing players, even if they are forced to sell them to clubs which may be rivals for the positions City aim to occupy, the Eastlands outfit may find itself winning the Premier League but crashing out of Europe on a technicality.
With deals like the loan departure of Craig Bellamy likely to be ones that are pushed through at great cost to the club, and with limited interest for the majority of highly paid players at City, the club is aware that it will need to have a serious rethink of its outgoing transfer policy in future transfer windows. If they don’t, the football odds which suggest they could win silverware in the future will be seen as somewhat premature.